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Constipation!!!! Oh it's unavoidable!

  • BrandNewBelly13
  • Boston, MA
  • 11 months ago

I just posted this in my review, but I decided it's such an important thing to share, I thought I'd start a discussion in hopes of more people seeing it!   The constipation is unavoidable as far as I can tell because of the anesthesia.  My discharge paperwork says that it actually dries out the stool.  Some say the pain killers will also cause this to happen. I did not have any pain whatsoever with my tummy tuck so I never took any pain meds..I had to blame it all on anesthesia! I'm quite sure that this was the worst part of recovery!  The drains sucked, but they didn't compare to the misery felt by not being able to get any relief!   I was taking Colace 2x daily for a whole week pre OP, then every day post op 2 in the morning and 2 at night.  I was not having any luck.  I was eating prunes, apples, applesauce ... and drinking TONS (over a gallon a day) of water.  Nothing was getting me moving and I was miserable.   A good friend suggest I sit my butt on a heating pad!!!!  OMG!!!!  It was MAGICAL!!!  It felt amazing for starters!!!!!  It was like the best massage I could possibly imagine.  I felt like I was in heaven for 20 minutes sitting on that heat.  Things were stirring in there, I could feel things happening and after 20 minutes, I was able to FINALLY get some relief.  I had all but tears of joy ... It was really quite traumatic to not be able to go for days...... the heating pad thing? WOW who knew? I certainly would never have thought about such a thing but WOW it does work!  I know some people are lucky and don't have such a hard time after surgery and might not get to the point that I did, but I'm sure I was not alone in my misery!   I've shared this amazing tip with all of my friends and especially anyone with little kids who suffer.  It's quite spectacular a solution and I hope to share it with anyone who might be suffering!!!!  Those first few days post op are ROUGH!!! Good luck!!!!!!!  

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I have IBS and the surgery kicked it into high gear. It took MONTHS for me to get back to any kind of "normal" schedule with this.
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I took milk of magnesia every night the week before surgery to kind of clear things out beforehand. Afterwards, I took colace and milk of magnesia. The day of surgery I did to go but I'm in day 3 , still taking pain mess, and the bowel movements are pretty regular. I'm trying to eat a lot of salads with veggies and olive oil. I'm eating smoothies with bananas, protein powder, strawberries, spinach and milk. I think keeping a clean diet really helps things move along
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This has been the most awful part of the recovery process. TMI coming up....I am VERY regular, I'm talking 3-4 times a day on average. Had my first BM today, 2 days post op of a breast aug and abdominal lipo and it was horrible. Even after giving birth to each of my 3 kids did I have such a bad experience; maybe because I never had an epidural and didn't have to take too many post-birthing meds other than ibuprofen. I definitely think suppositories/enema should be included in the pre-plastic surgery prep kit. I haven't needed them yet, but I'm open to trying them out.
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So glad you started this discussion! I've seen tons of comments about the trauma of the post op constipation and it's one of the things I'm most dreading! I have issues with that anyway when it comes to taking medications so I know it's gonna be an unavoidable problem for me. I was planning on getting some suppositories anyway, just to have on hand, but it's good to know about the heating pad trick too. Has anyone used an enema after the surgery? I've had to use them before, but I didn't know if it would be advisable after surgery....I'll def. check with my surgeon too, but just thought I'd see if anyone had an first hand experience with that....
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start taking your laxatives a week before… I was only taking stool softeners but it did not do the trick. I was not as concerned as I should have been. Had I known, I would have taken something much stronger. I don't know if I've seen anyone here that used an enema. Would be interesting to see...
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I did....After 5 days of not pooping I was MISERABLE..the pain was awful and the swollen belly from being too full just caused more pain on the surgery area itself. I finally just got an enema which sucks but it worked and I felt SOOOOO much better. Then just kept up with stool softener and fiber.
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Interesting! I couldn't make it happen either, with ant amount of Miralax or Milk of Magnesia...it was quite humiliating, but I finally sent my husband out for suppositories.
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Just in case that came out wrong ... the first few days are rough? That was meant in regards to this topic!!
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